Originally Posted by ElectricDave
The regen can do most of your stopping on the open road, but be careful because I think the brake lights only come on when you physically brake (although I think some people believe they may come under strong regen - it's difficult to check!).
Also, for some reason, driving in the rain seems to hit range quite a bit, even if you don't use heating/air-con etc for reasons I don't understand...
The brake lights will come on under strong speed decrease, if you let the foot off the accelerator on a uphill road the speed decrease will be high and the brake lights will come on.
Rain introduces a lot of friction on the car and wheels movement, so every car will get lower mileage in the rain.
More tips for better mileage:
- In normal driving you will only need the brake pedal for a complete stop, if you are using the brake pedal for slowing down it means you accelerated too much before.
- Try maintaining the power needle off the red zone, or use the dash kW display. You can do most trips without passing 20kW of instant power, you just need to have a slower acceleration. Lower power means less losses due to heat in the cables and power electronics.
- If you have time make the same 10 mile trip using the speed limiter at different speeds. Reset the mileage on the dash before starting and take note on the end. That will show you how speed affects mileage.
- Tire pressure. Never user less than the recommended pressure. For better mileage use 10 to 20% above the recommended pressure but never exceed the pressure marked on the tires.